System text in choral music

Probably a dumb question…but I cannot find a way to make system text (rit, a tempo, mosso) show in all the parts in a choral score. Could someone point me in the right direction?


System text (SHIFT + ALT/OPT + X) will show on each part, but not on all staves of the full score.

@JamesR , rit, a tempo, mosso are Tempo indications that will appear on System objects positions in the full score (and appear correctly on each single part in the Parts), if you insert them as Tempo (shift+T). If you insert some other text then choose between System-attached or Staff-attached text, depending on your need, as @Derrek explained).

here below my previous answer, but wrong in this case because I misunderstood the needs of James. I leave it here because it shows how to use custom instrument families in conjunction with system objects position, which is a totally different subject though...

Hi @JamesR Even if I don’t understand why you would want this???, this is how to do
[Edit: probably I misunderstood completely what you need… (@Derrek 's suggestion ist the right one in this case…)]:

  • create for every singer a separate family with the singer in it (one for Soprano, one for Alto, etc…)
  • check this instruments families in layout options for system Objects appearance
  • you need to bracket every single one in engrave mode, and eventually switch to a part layout and back to see the changes
  • consider that all system objects will be visible on the single staves…

If you need specific and more local indications you can use System-attached text instead of system objects (or system-attached text).

If I misunderstood your requirements, sorry. But in general the default behaviour to show system objects only for the first instrument in the bracket for the family, (and it showing automatically in the Parts), is the way to go (as @Derrek just explained :slight_smile: …)

Thanks for the help. There are times when specific parts need the system text over their entrance as noted in the example. Typically singers are only paying attention to their part rather than the whole ensemble. Tenors I have known in the past would never think to look at the soprano line for the a tempo at the end of measure 4 even though they begin the phrase. This can be moved with the engrave mode, but it would be helpful if objects. were visible in their on part since choral music is commonly considered a full score.

I have seen several English choral scores with extra copies of tempo marks above the Tenors. IMO it only lets the men avoid looking up & down the score, which I think is very important to do. Most singers will pencil a marking by their staff if they really can’t be bothered to look above the top.

In a cappella choral work, most tempo marks mean the same thing: Watch the director!

(In the above example I find it confusing that there are 8 beats between the end of the rit. line and the “a tempo”. What is supposed to happen with tempo in bar 5?)

Currently the way to do this is to create a Paragraph Style that is the same as your Immediate (and Gradual) Tempo font styles, and then create Text objects on each staff.

(Having a keyboard shortcut for “Duplicate to Staff Below” makes short work of this.)

PS. Unless there are frequent changes to the scoring, don’t bother with abbreviated names on every system. It’s the default in software for orchestral scores.